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Professor Natasha Vall

Natasha Vall

About Natasha Vall

Natasha Vall is a Professor of urban and cultural history and the Head of Department for the Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She joined Teesside University in 2006 as a postdoctoral research Associate. She is the academic lead for the AHRC Heritage Consortium and the Northern England Consortium for the Arts and Humanities She Chairs Teesside University’s Postgraduate Research and Assessment Board.

Research interests and activities

Natasha's research interests are in comparative urban (especially industrial and postindustrial) history. She published her second monograph 'Cultural Region' (Manchester University Press) in 2011, which is the first historical assessment of English regional cultural policy. Through the lens of North East England, this study reveals how the discourse of history and industrial heritage was deployed to shape the boundaries of the contemporary cultural region.

Forthcoming work will extend her expertise on North-East regional cultural policy to historical investigations of the popularity of waterfront commercial and residential developments as exemplars of cultural and urban regeneration. Natasha also sustains a strong profile of research in comparative Nordic history, with special emphasis on late modern urban history. She welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of modern urban history, cultural policy and post-industrial heritage.

Research projects & external funding

GreatPlace- Greater Tees. HLF/ACE, CI (2017)

HLF- Steel Stories, CI (2017)

Creative Fuse North East AHRC, (2015), project management team

PhD and research opportunities

PhD Supervisions

I am interested in hearing from potential students who wish to carry out a PhD around the topic areas above. 


Current PhD students – Teesside:

James Beighton (2014): Reasoning the need: questioning the value and role of the visual arts in the life of an industrial town. AHRC funded full-time

Jacquline Hayes (2014): The emergence of open-air education in industrial and de-industrialising society during the first half of the twentieth century, with particular reference to the concept of the ‘delicate’ child. Part time student. Part-time Heritage Consortium

Tracey Jones (2016): Gender and identity: The relationship between femininity and dress in Victorian mining districts in England and Wales. AHRC funded, full-time

Judith Philips (2013): National identity, gender, social class and cultural aspiration in mid-nineteenth century England and France: Josephine Bowes (1825-1874), collector and museum curator. Part-time


Leeds Becket University:

Taras Nakonecznyj (2014) Theatres of Memory: The foundation of identity in the historic city, AHRC funded. Full time


Sheffield Hallam University:

Alex Wilson (2016): Pretend You’ll Survive: Archiving Independent Film and Video in Yorkshire, 1970-1990, AHRC funded. Full time

External roles and professional activities

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC and Member of AHRC peer Review College

ESF peer reviewer

External research collaborations

University of Tubingen

University of Malmo


University of Nottingham

University of Glasgow

University of Hull

Newcastle University

Durham University

Queens University, Belfast

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Learning and teaching interests

research led teaching, doctoral training, students as researchers.

Enterprise interest and activities

Natasha's research involves the critical appraisal of the process of culture-led regeneration in post-industrial conurbations and she has advised commercial property companies, business partners as well as cultural policy makers on the historical context for the regeneration of the urban landscape.


Vall, N. (article accepted 05.07.17). ‘Coal is our strife: representing mining heritage since 1970’. Contemporary British History

Vall, N. (article accepted 09.05.2017). ‘A view from the wharf: historical perspectives on the transformation of urban waterfront space in Stockholm during the twentieth century’. Urban History

Vall, N. (2015). ‘Two Swedish modernisms on English housing estates: cultural transfer and visions of urban living 1945-1969'. Contemporary European History, 24

View Natasha Vall's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Tell us your steel story
    North East Connected, online, 04/04/2018, This is Redcar
    The Year of Steel has been awarded £69,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work in partnership with Teesside University on preserving the history of the industry.

  • Innovate Tees Valley support is helping company market new product online
    North East Chamber of Commerce, 24/11/2017; Darlington & Stockton Times, 24/11/2017; North East Connected, 26/11/2017
    Innovate Tees Valley helps SMEs to do new things in their business and create and improve services, products and processes.

  • Heritage partnership to document Tees Valley's industrial history
    North East Connected, 25/11/2016
    The changing nature of the Tees Valley's industrial heritage is to be documented and promoted thanks to a new partnership between Teesside University and local museum.

  • Heritage partnership to document Tees Valley's industrial history
    Love Middlesbrough, 18/11/2016
    Teesside University is working with Kirkleatham Museum on the partnership entitled 'Landscape of Rapid Change'.

  • County debate
    BBC Tees, 01/04/2014
    Natasha Vall, a Reader in the School of Arts & Media, comments on the history behind Cleveland County Council.

  • Looking back at industrial heritage
    Northern Echo, 09/05/2013, p.14; Northern Echo (Web), 08/05/2013
    Exhibition curator Dr Natasha Vall, from Teesside University’s Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research, said: “The exhibition provides a vivid portrait of the reality of working life in the